noun, plural trol·leys.
verb (used with or without object), trol·leyed, trol·ley·ing.
- in a confused mental state.
- insane: He's been off his trolley for years, but his family refuses to have him committed.
Origin of trolley
noun, plural trol·lies, verb (used with or without object), trol·lied, trol·ly·ing.
Examples from the Web for trollies
Historical Examples of trollies
Each claim had its own wires and trollies bringing up the precious "blue" to the surface.Our Little Boer Cousin
Luna May Innes
The bell rang, there was a sudden bustle and wheeling about of trollies, and the train glided in.Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3)
Mary Elizabeth Carter
On shore a tangle of carts and trollies standing horseless, barrels, cotton-bales, wool-sacks.
Our booty was enormous, and consisted of two hundred heavily-laden waggons, and eleven or twelve water-carts and trollies.Three Years' War
Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
We went to Seringapatam yesterday on trollies, nine miles back on the line by which we came from Bangalore to Mysore city.From Edinburgh to India & Burmah
William G. Burn Murdoch
- mentally confused or disorganized
Word Origin for trolley
1823, in Suffolk dialect, "a cart," especially one with wheels flanged for running on a track (1858), probably from troll (v.) in the sense of "to roll." Sense transferred to "pulley to convey current to a streetcar motor" (1890), then "streetcar drawing power by a trolley" (1891).
see off one's head (trolley).